126th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert - “True Peace,” featuring the Gonzaga University Choirs, conducted by Timothy Westerhaus, with readings by Gonzaga faculty and staff. Features four Gonzaga University choirs and the Spokane Brass Quintet. Two shows, today at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, Gonzaga University campus, 330 E. Boone Ave. Advance: $12/general, $10/seniors, $5/students; at the door: $15/adults and seniors, $10/students. (509) 313-6733.
First Night Spokane Rising Stars - Today, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ferris High School Jazz Orchestra directed by Ben Brueggemeier will play holiday selections as well as swing classics from the big-band era. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Jazz Connection from Gonzaga Preparatory School, Syncopation from St. Aloysius Gonzaga School and the Bulldog Dance Club will perform traditional holiday classics in song and dance. River Park Square, main level, 808 W. Main Ave. Free.
Doug Porter – Finger-style guitar. Today, 6 p.m., Sante Restaurant, 404 W. Main Ave. (509) 315-4613.
A Christmas Concert by 3C’s Coeur d’Aleers - Directed by Rose Dempsey, with accompanists Jeanie Donaldson and Lois Tarnowski. Today, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. Free-will offering. (208) 755-5310.
UI Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert - 23rd annual event as more than 500 local and regional elementary, junior high school and high school choir members will perform, along with the Alpine Carillons, the Holiday String Orchestra and Jazz Band IV. Donations accepted of cash and nonperishable food items to benefit area food banks. Today, 8 p.m., University of Idaho Kibbie Dome, Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7521.
Seventh Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival - Featuring some of Bing Crosby’s best-loved films, along with a gallery of photos and the Oscar statue from Bing’s best actor performance in the 1944 film “Going My Way.” Films to be shown are: “White Christmas” (1954) shown both at noon and 7:30 p.m., starring Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye; “Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945) at 2:30 p.m., starring Ingrid Bergman; “Holiday Inn” (1942) at 5 p.m., starring Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the festival takes place from noon-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $7/good all day, free/age 12 and younger. (800) 325-SEAT.
James Edmonds Piano Festival - Jody Graves, director. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Music Building Recital Hall, Cheney. (509) 359-2241.
Christmas Around the World - Variety show presented by the Spirit of Spokane Chorus, a Sweet Adeline Chorus. Raffle and bake sale. Visit www.spiritofspokanechorus.org for ticket information. Saturday, 7 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. $10/general, free/age 4 and younger. (509) 624-3108.
Pages of Harmony - Barbershop favorites in a classic concert setting. Saturday, 7 p.m., Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St., Tekoa, Wash. $12/adults; $5/students; free/under 12.
A Candlelight Christmas! - Presented by The Washington Idaho Symphony, with Jeremy Briggs Roberts, music director and conductor. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Domey/Gladish Auditorium, 114 NW State St., Pullman. $20/adults, free/age 17 and younger with paying adult.
Ave! Celebrate and Rejoice - Fourth annual concert presented by Holy Names Music Center. Featuring music from 16th century to modern day. Reception will follow. All proceeds benefit the programs and outreach of Holy Names Music Center. Sunday, 3 p.m., Covenant of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free, donations accepted. (509) 328-7470.
Lessons and Carols - Annual service celebrating the Advent season. Ancient readings and songs of the Christmas season. Sunday, 4 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 838-4277.
25th Annual Lakeland Community Christmas Concert - The Lakeland Community Christmas Concert is a free event for the whole family. Local area church choirs, soloists and instrumentalists perform an evening of Christmas music to celebrate the season. A free-will offering will benefit local food banks. Sunday, 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13541 W. Highway 53, Rathdrum. Free. (208) 687-0943.
Tony Furtado - Bluegrass music with Luke Price and Sam Howard. Dinner is available before the concert with reservations. Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Di Luna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208) 263-0846.
“What Child is This” Christmas Evermore Concert Series - The Singing Nuns are traditional Catholic Sisters, members of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. Shows will be Wednesday and Thursday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/adults, $16/students and seniors. (800) 325-SEAT.
Ferris High School Band Swing Dance and Auction - An evening of bidding at silent and oral auctions, and dancing to benefit the Joel E. Ferris High School band program. Live music provided by the Jazz Orchestra and swing dance lesson provided. Saturday, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Ferris High School, school Commons, 3020 E. 37th Ave. $10, includes dessert and beverage. (509) 230-4927.
Improv Class - Offered by Theater Arts for Children for ages 10 and older. Learn the art of improv. Performance show is scheduled for Jan. 12. Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., this Monday-Jan. 12. No classes will be held Dec. 24 and 26. TAC Theater, 2114 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 995-6718.
“Cool Yule” - An all ages, musical holiday show presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Shows today and Saturday, Wednesday-Dec. 15, Dec, 19-22, Dec. 27-29 and Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m.; this Sunday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m. There will also be an 11 p.m. performance on Dec. 31. For tickets or more information, visit www.cdasummertheatre.com. Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Shore Room, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $25 plus tax. (208) 769-7780.
“The Little Mermaid” - Featuring the hit songs from the animated classic including “Part of Your World,” “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” and “Under the Sea.” Performances today and Saturday. All shows at 7 p.m., Lewis and Clark High School, auditorium, 521 W. Fourth Ave. $10 at the door. (509) 354-7000.
“An Unexpected Christmas”- Dinner theater presented by Northwoods Performing Arts. Tickets available at Seeber’s Drugstore in Newport or by calling (208) 448-1294. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m., today and Saturday. Circle Moon Theater , Highway 211 off of Highway 2, Newport, Wash. $20/dinner and show; $12/adults, $10/children and seniors for show-only.
10-Minute Play Festival - Presented by UI Theatre. Twelve plays in two days. Shows today and Saturday at 7 p.m., Kiva Theater, University of Idaho, 921 Campus Drive, Moscow. $5/general, free/UI students. (208) 885-6465.
“Babes in Toyland” - Presented by Theater Arts for Children. Directed by Malory Ware. Shows Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Runs today-Dec. 16. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com. TAC Theater, 2114 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. $10/general, $8/students and military. (509) 995-6718.
“The Little Drummer Boy”- Lake City Playhouse presents this holiday musical by Matt Harget. Shows today, Saturday and Thursday-Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m., Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $13.75-$19.75. (208) 667-1323.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” - A holiday musical presented by Spokane Civic Theatre. Directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson. Shows Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Runs through Dec. 21. Spokane Civic Theatre, Main Stage, 1020 N. Howard St. $33/adults, $31/senior and military, $26/students. (509) 325-2507 or (800) 325-SEAT.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”- Interplayers presents this family classic as a live radio play, written by Joe Landry and directed by Jeffrey Sanders. Shows today and Saturday, Wednesday-Dec.15, 19-22 and 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.; this Sunday, Dec. 15, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m., Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $28/adult, $22/senior and military, $15/student. (509) 455-7529 or (800) 325-SEAT.
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”- Ignite! Community Theatre presents this holiday play by Mark Brown. Shows today and Saturday and Dec. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.; this Sunday and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. For tickets, go to www.ignitetheatre.org. Spokane Valley Partners Building, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. $16-$18. (509) 795-0004.
“Christmas Belles”- A church Christmas program in Fayro, Texas, spins out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Saturday, 7 p.m., Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. $10/advance; $12/door; $5/ages 5-18. (509) 671-3389.
Whitworth Theatre Improvisational Competition - An improv show featuring the On the Spot Players v. Cool Whip. Sunday, 9 p.m., Whitworth University, Cowles Auditorium, Stage II. $2 admission. (509) 777-3707.
“White Christmas”: A Benefit Performance - Celebrate the season and support the Northeast Community Center. Enjoy a reception with champagne, desserts and a silent auction. Purchase tickets online at www.necca.myspokane.net/ white_christmas.html or call (509) 487-1603. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $35.